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20 - 24 September


Portrait : catching the Human

20 - 24 September
5 jours

Individual financing rate: 790 euros

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Fabrice Courthial & Loïc Colomb
+33(0)490 967 606

This exciting experience with Denis Dailleux will focus on portraiture.

A portrait is considered an interaction, often brief, between a photographer and a model. To be successful, a trusting bond must be simply and swiftly established.

Through advice, experiments out in the field and discussions, participants will find a way of being with and in front of the other. Some will need to overcome their shyness, others to curb their enthusiasm. They will receive meticulous, sensitive and often-indispensable advice to capture the hoped-for gaze, attitude and intensity. This is necessary to gently (preferably) get the person photographed to open up, strike a pose or forget that he or she is in front of a camera. The approach will stress the basics: observation, contact, light and framing.

During group and individual shooting sessions, field trips and precise editing, participants will work on a personal project based on their goals and on places and contacts chosen by the Rencontres d’Arles.

"Imbued with his distinctive delicacy, Denis Dailleux’s photographic work looks calm on the surface, yet is incredibly demanding, crossed by an undercurrent of constant self-doubt and propelled by the essential personal bond he develops with those (and that which) he frames with his camera. His passion for people has naturally led him to choose portraiture as his preferred means of representing those whose true self he feels an urge to get closer to. Which he has, whether with actress Catherine Deceive or with countless anonymous subjects in the slums of Cairo, working with the same discretion, waiting to get from them what he is hoping they will offer him, without ever asking for it but simply waiting for it to happen. That is how he has patiently constructed a unique portrait of his beloved Cairo to create, with black and whites of exemplary classicism and colors of rare subtlety, an alternative to the cultural and touristic clichés cluttering our minds.”
Christian Caujolle

A member of the Vu' agency, portrait photographer Denis Dailleux takes as much interest in famous people as he does in the residents of his native village. He has been the recipient of many honors, including the first Ilford Award in 1995, the City of Vevey Hasselblad Award and the World Press Photo Award in the portrait stories category in 2000, the Fujifilm Award at the Terres d’Images festival in 2001 and second prize in the staged portraits category at the World Press Photo Awards for his Mother and Son series in 2014.

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- Discussions about the participant's earlier work
- Exercices on artificial lights, model direction, frame research
- Realization of a personal project
- Shotting session in small groups and individually
- First selections and file management on computer
- Editing sessions with the instructor
- Reflexions and experimentations of photographic set ups
- Building of a unified series
- Discussion as assessment of the workshop

- A selection of around 30 images attesting to your practice (preferably on paper/format of your choice)
- Your camera, charger and cables
- 2 or 3 memory cards
- A Mac-compatible hard drive or your computer if you wish

- Number of participants: 6 to 8 (12 maximum if health situation allows)
- Begins: 10:00 a.m. on Monday
- Ends: 6:30 p.m. on  Friday (it followed by an exhibition until 9:30 pm)
- Location: historic center near the Arles arena
- Access : stairs. 3 floors.

- Learn the various steps involved in creating a photo series
- Develop a point of view based on a selection of photographs

- Teaching staff : a professional photographer instructor, helped by an assistant from 6 attenders
- Logistic staff to facilitate shooting sessions (places, material, contacts…)
- Workshop held in both French and English :
Collective parts in French with a translation for non-French speakers.
One-to-one interviews could be in English.
- Mac computers
- Contact prints (6x4 in.)
- Studios with various accessories
- Lightening set up (Flashs, LED, Fresnel…)
- Digital camera (on demand)
- A photo library (app. 500 references)
- Private end-of-course interview and evaluation
- The instructor continuously evaluates the personal series
- Oral end-of-course evaluation

- End-of-course certificate

Dernière mise à jour : 25 February 2021